Analysis

Pentagon Labels China a “Growing and Persistent Threat”
Chinese paramilitary soldiers train outside their barracks in Beijing, March 19, 2012. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
May 24, 2012
| Security
| Asia and the Pacific
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A new U.S. Defense Department report on the threat from China paints a detailed picture of a modernizing Chinese military that remains committed to achieving a comprehensive capacity for "localized" and "regional wars." Most notably, the report states that the continued transformation of the Chinese military and broader espionage efforts “represent a growing and persistent threat to [the] U.S.”

The annual report, “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2012,” depicts an emerging China acutely focused on modernization of its core military capabilities. China’s aggressive offensive development includes economic espionage and cyber warfare. The Pentagon views China’s continued military development as part of a two-pronged approach to ensure, even by force, reunification with Taiwan and the prevention of U.S. forces from interceding in a cross-strait conflict.

 

To view the report on the website of the Department of Defense, click HERE.

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